Oakland DUI Lawyer
Drunk Driving Charges in Oakland
Drunk driving charges are very serious and can impact your current and future life. Although you may have felt sober enough to drive safely, the law is very clear on what constitutes drunk driving: it is illegal for a driver operating a vehicle to have a blood alcohol level of 0.08% or higher.
Even though you may have incriminating blood and breath tests against you, your case is not hopeless. We understand that you may have a lot of questions. Our DUI lawyers in Oakland can help you challenge these charges effectively. We can answer your questions and work hard to protect your future and preserve your rights.
Why We May Be Your Best Option
At the Law Offices of Torres & Caraves, our Oakland DUI defense attorneys have 20+ years of collective experience and can provide aggressive and compassionate drunk driving defense to clients in Oakland and across the Bay Area including Hayward, Richmond, San Jose, and surrounding areas.
Our proactive, cutting-edge approach has led to numerous successes for our clients. We have obtained reduced charges, dismissals, and not guilty verdicts for clients.
Penalties for a DUI Conviction in California
DUI cases can be charged as misdemeanors or felonies, depending on the circumstances and a person's past criminal history.
A first-time DUI conviction can lead to penalties such as:
- Immediate license suspension for at least 4 months
- Fines and penalties up to $1,000
- Up to 6 months in jail
- Installation of ignition interlock device
For repeat offenders, you could be facing harsher penalties such as longer jail time, steeper fines, longer license suspension periods, and mandatory DUI programs.
In addition to the criminal penalties, you could be facing points on your driver's license, increased insurance premiums, or even the denial of coverage.
Under 21 DUI in California
Under California's Zero Tolerance law, any drivers under the age of 21 will face charges if they have any alcohol in their system. The charges and penalties vary according to the blood alcohol concentration of the driver.
Common penalties for underage DUI include:
.01% BAC or Greater (not a criminal charge)
- Suspended license for 1 year
.05% BAC or Greater
- DUI on your record
- Suspended license for 1 year
- $100 fine
- Mandatory DUI course
.08% BAC or Greater (same as adults and can face the same consequences)
- Up to 6 months of jail time
- Up to $1,000 in fines
- Suspended license for 6 months
- Mandatory interlock ignition device for 6 months
Not only will you face potential criminal charges, being convicted of driving under the influence when you are under 21 can also affect college and job opportunities. Because both colleges and jobs are allowed to ask about criminal history, if you have been convicted of DUI, you are required to disclose your DUI when applying.
In order to protect your rights and your future, it is vital that you talk to one of our Oakland underage DUI lawyers as soon as possible to begin working on your defense.
CA DMV Hearings & DUI License Revocation
We can assist clients with the civil side of DUI charges and represent them in hearings with the California Department of Motor Vehicles. You have 10 days to request a hearing to challenge the suspension or revocation of your driver's license.
During DMV hearings, you will have the opportunity to present your side of the case and reasons as to why you should maintain your driving privileges. Closely looking at issues such as whether the officer had probable cause to pull you over and whether the arrest was lawful are key to prevailing in a hearing. If you refused a chemical breath or blood test, we can examine whether the police officer adequately explained the consequences.
Our team can act swiftly to schedule your DMV hearing and advise you on what to expect.
Tell Us About Your Charges During a Confidential Consultation
If you or someone you love has been charged with driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs, contact our DUI defense lawyers in Oakland to find out how we can help. We can review the details of your case and provide you with an honest assessment of your options.